Event #2: $50,000 Poker Player's Championship

Prizepool and Payout Information

Chip Reese Memorial Trophy
Chip Reese Memorial Trophy

Registration has closed and the numbers are in. 116 players entered the 2010 $50,000 Players' Championship creating a prize pool of $5,568,000. 16 places will be paid with the champion earning a $1,559,046 payday.

For a complete look at the payout schedule, click on the "Payouts" tab above.

A Few More Chip Counts

Another smattering, for your statistical pleasure:

Phil Ivey - 140,000
Ted Lawson - 143,000
David Benyamine - 135,000
Pat Pezzin - 135,000
Chau Giang - 195,000
Scotty Nguyen - 160,000
Yuval Bronshtein - 128,000
Freddy Deeb - 205,000
Tim Phan - 130,000
Josh Arieh - 155,000
Chris Ferguson - 152,000
Steve Zolotow - 165,000
Ralph Perry - 125,000
Andrew Brown - 145,000
Marc Karam - 125,000
David Steicke - 163,000
David Oppenheim - 155,000
Vitaly Lunkin - 160,000
Tuan Le - 170,000
John D'Agostino - 170,000
David Baker - 145,000

No Doyle Brunson for Ralph Perry


Pot-Limit Omaha:

The pot was four-handed to the turn on a board of {10-Hearts} {2-Clubs} {j-Clubs} {10-Clubs}. After Ralph Perry bet 8,000, however, it was down to heads-up. Steve Zolotow was the only caller.

The river fell {q-Spades}. Zolotow was out of position and checked to Perry. Perry made a healthy bet of 18,000. Zolotow pondered his decision and asked the dealer to spread the pot.

"Pay off your ten-deuce?" Zolotow asked Perry. Finally he called saying, "Just the nut flush." He tabled {a-Clubs} {8-Clubs} {9-Spades} {8-Spades}. That was enough to drag the pot.

Tags: Ralph PerrySteve Zolotow

A Few Counts


We'll have full counts in the Chip Count page in short order, but in the meantime here's a random sampling:

Dan Kelly - 285,000
Dario Minieri - 190,000
Noah Boeken - 130,000
Scott Seiver - 130,000
Greg Raymer - 143,000
Jen Harman - 150,000
Daniel Negreanu - 155,000
Shawn Buchanan - 175,000
John Monnette - 125,000
Nikolay Evdakov - 152,000
Tad Jurgens - 140,000
Michael Mizrachi - 143,00
Tom Dwan - 145,000
Isaac Haxton - 130,000
John Cernuto - 200,000
David Singer - 170,000
Alex Kravchenko - 155,000
Gus Hansen - 108,000

Trips No Good


Seven-Card Stud:

They call seven-card a "race to two pair" but that's not much comfort for Justin Smith after a pot against Dario Alioto. We caught up with the two at sixth street, with the players showing these boards:

Alioto: x-x / {j-Spades} {10-Diamonds} {9-Clubs} {5-Diamonds}
Smith: x-x / {a-Spades} {5-Clubs} {7-Spades} {k-Spades}

Smith led with a bet that Alioto called. The same thing happened on the river. At the reveal, Alioto showed {a-Diamonds} {a-Hearts} {8-Spades} in the hole for three aces. But in this particular "race to two pair", that wasn't enough. Alioto had {k-Clubs} {q-} as two of his hole cards for a king-high straight.

Tags: Dario AliotoJustin Smith

Chopping Kostritsyn

Omaha 8/b:

First in from the button, Brian Townsend opened the pot with a raise. Alex Kostritsyn and Daniel Alaei called from their respective blinds, and the three men went off to a flop of {3-Spades} {8-Hearts} {3-Diamonds}. The blinds checked, and Brian Townsend followed up his preflop aggression with a post-flop bet. Kostritsyn called, Alaei made it two bets, and both players called the raise.

The turn came the {A-Hearts}, and both opponents called another bet from Alaei. They action repeated on the {6-Diamonds} river, and the cards were on their backs:

Arieh: {3-Clubs} {4-Spades} {8-Clubs} {9-Spades} (full house)
Townsend: {2-Clubs} {5-Clubs} {8-Spades} {9-Hearts} (sixty-five low)
Kostritsyn: MUCK (nothing very good)

Arieh - 215,000
Townsend - 145,000
Kostritsyn - 180,000

Tags: Alex KostritsynBrian TownsendJosh Arieh

Conspicuous Absences Turn into Late Arrivals

Fans of Jesus and The Professor can rest easy now-- both Howard Lederer and Chris Ferguson have sat down behind fresh chip stacks and are in action.

Also at that fresh table are Steve Zolotow, Josh Arieh, Freddy Deeb, and Andrew Brown.

Tags: Chris FergusonHoward Lederer

The G Gets it Back

Tony G
Tony G

Seven-Card Stud:

Tony G completed the bring-in before Robert Williamson III raised it up. The G called, and the two men were heads up the rest of the way.

Tony G: (X) (X) {4-Spades} {J-Diamonds} {8-Diamonds} {5-Hearts} (X)
Williamson: (X) (X) {7-Hearts} {6-Spades} {A-Diamonds} {3-Diamonds} (X)

Williamson kept the betting lead on fourth street, but Tony G made a raise, and Williamson smooth called. On fifth street, Williamson's ace drew another bet from him, and Tony G just called there, and he did the same on sixth street. Both players checked seventh street.

Tony G flipped up ({J-Clubs} {4-Hearts} {9-Diamonds}) for two pair, and that was good enough to take down the pot and get him right back to his starting stack.

Tags: Robert Williamson IIITony G

Mizrachi Outdraws Le


Triple Draw:

Robert Mizrachi isn't in as bad shape as the now-eliminated Dan Shak, but he had been trending downwards into five-figure land for a while. He recently re-raised the button in triple draw after Tuan Le opened under the gun with a raise. Le called and drew two; Mizrachi took one.

Le check-raised Mizrachi after the first draw but couldn't shake his opponent. Mizrachi called to the second draw, taking one after Le rapped pat. Le bet, then faced a raise from Mizrachi. Le called. Both players rapped pat on the last draw and then checked. Mizrachi's 8-6-5-4-2 was enough to drag the pot. Mizrachi inched back above 100,000 with that win.

Tags: Robert MizrachiTuan Le